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Icona Solutions has announced that automobile company Fiat is to implement its Aesthetica simulation and visualisation software as part of its plans to improve the perceived quality of its vehicles.

The software will be implemented in Fiat’s Elasis and Centro Ricerche Fiat research and development facilities, where it will be used in perceived-quality studies as early as the concept-development stage of the vehicle design and development process.

It will enable issues of fit and finish quality to be identified and resolved when the cost of design changes is lower.

By using Aesthetica to apply information on tolerances and locator schemes directly to the 3D digital model of a vehicle, Fiat’s engineering teams will be able to simulate and visualise, in real time, their effects on components and assemblies in terms of form and position variation, and component deformation.

Root-cause analysis will allow the teams to diagnose the cause and quickly try out ‘what-if’ solutions.

Among the benefits that Fiat expects to gain from the use of Aesthetica are shorter development timescales as a result of improved communication between designers and engineers; lower development costs through the reduced need for physical models and an increase in right-first-time tooling; a reduction in the number of variation issues discovered later in the development programme; and an improvement in the perceived quality of Fiat vehicles.

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